Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Wayne Wonder

Watch: 106 & Park Celebrates Caribbean Culture With Beenie Man, Vegas + Wayne Wonder

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As New York City geared up for Caribbean on Friday night, BET hosted a special Caribbean-themed edition of its daily music show 106 & Park featuring dancehall royalty Beenie Man, Mr Vegas and Wayne Wonder. In addition to live performances from all three, Beenie also premiered his brand-new video for “Thug Love” featuring Ce’cile (and produced by LU friend Khabir Bonner), which we premiered online a few hours later. Video of the 106 episode has now made it to the ‘Net too.

If you don’t mind sitting through a few commercials first, you can watch the full episode below via BET’s video player. Or go here to skip right to Beenie Man’s performance.

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Burrrrrrrruppppp!, Pt. II: LargeUp Interviews Nardo Ranks

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by DJ Gravy—

Last week, we brought you a taste of our recent reasoning session with dancehall legend Nardo Ranks. In round two of our interview, Na-na-na-na-na-Nardo reflects on his apprenticeship on Jamaica’s Caveman Hi Power sound, his early sparring sessions with Wayne Wonder, and why New York City embraced his music before Jamaicans did. And we had to ask him for the stories behind the favorites for which he is best known: “Rikers Island” (with Cocoa Tea), “Burrup” and “Them a Bleach.” True to form, the self-described “different kind of actor, natural kind of character and human factor” delivers each tale in colorful fashion.

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LargeUp Premiere: Wayne Wonder’s “Caught Up” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

After a fairly quiet six years since 2007′s Foreva album, Wayne Wonder is back with a new video for “Caught Up,” from the upcoming album My Way. The ageless Wonder doesn’t look a day older than he did in “No Letting Go,” nearly a decade ago. Actually, he doesn’t look all that different than when he dropped his all-time classic “The Saddest Day” 20 years ago.

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Burrrrrrrruppppp!: LargeUp Interviews Nardo Ranks, Part I

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Nardo Ranks’ “Burrup” is one of those underground street classics that hit in NYC and other major U.S. cities right as dancehall was first starting to be embraced by hip-hop and the broader market. It’s seminal status remained in evidence when rapper Pusha T quoted the song’s lyrics (and sang its hook) in “Mr. Me Too” by the Clipse a decade and a half later. Though “Burrup” was not a major hit in his native Jamaica, with a catalog that also includes still-relevant tunes like “Them a Bleach” (the first song to directly address the topic of skin lightening treatments in Jamaica) and “New Jersey Drive” (a combination with Jr. Demus that tackled police harassment of Jamaicans), Nardo is truly “one of dem originals” and a legend in the dancehall.

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LargeUp Interview: Super Beagle on “Dust A Sound Bwoy” + Kanye’s “Mercy”


Words by Sherman Escoffery, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Hey, Dude: Introducing The Ranch Entertainment x Rice and Peas 5th Anniversary

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Double the reasons to party, double the vibes. Has someone said that before? Welp, we’re saying it now. As New York’s famed Rice and Peas party celebrates its fifth anniversary in style at Santo’s Party House on Monday, June 4, newly launched record label The Ranch Entertainment will be celebrating its birth. Ranch artists Shaggy, Rayvon and Red Fox will take the stage while the Rice and Peas crew (Max Glazer, Micro Don, DJ Gravy, DJ Maya, Orijahnal Vibez) holds down the decks, and Massive B’s Jabba hosts. Oh, and the party will also be the set of a video shoot for Rayvon’s “Selecta,” so come looking proper.

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